After signing with Next Model Management — one of the largest modeling agencies worldwide — in Jan. 2022, Suze Esval attended New York Fashion WeekEsval was able to walk the runway for the first time last month as a professional model. Esval, after many years of hard work, said that she was excited to finally walk the runway in a show. Coach.
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“I met Lil Nas X backstage, so that was cool,”Esval, a sophomore major in business, is currently on a gap year. “They put me in flat shoes, so I wasn’t too worried about slipping or tripping, just excited for my first show.”
NYFW is an event that happens every February and September where prominent fashion designers display their upcoming collections at runway shows and events. Three Pitt students — Nicole Marchese, Esval and Catherine Certo —All attendees were looking to make a career in the fashion industry.
Esval stated that NYFW was an exciting and hectic time in the life of models. Her days consisted mainly in running around the city to different castings. Sometimes, she could attend up to 10 in one day. She got a callback after attending the Coach casting, then waited with high hopes to find out if she’d walk in the show.
“I found out about the fitting for the show late the night before,” Esval said. “The next day, they kept pushing it back, so I ended up getting fitted around 11:30 p.m. and left at like 1 a.m. I was the last look they finished, and the show was the next day.”
Esval also traveled to Milan, Paris and Paris for their fashion weeks. He also walked in a show for the brand. KocheParis. She said that everyone involved in the show treated them very well and that it had been a great experience.
Esval said facing rejection so many times a day during fashion week is difficult to handle, but she knew it wasn’t personal because each designer was looking for a “certain look.”
“Overall, I didn’t get too many other shows, which is hard to deal with, but it’s my first season, so this is only the beginning,” Esval said.
Marchese, a junior major in marketing, and Certo (a sophomore major in marketing), also attended NYFW this autumn, but on the business side.
Marchese & Certo were selected for Universities of New York Fashion Week. This four-day program was created by the Collegiate Licensing CompanyAnd IMG that provides students interested in careers in the fashion industry a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s operated. According to Certo, college students across the nation are selected for this competitive program, and Pitt’s partnership with the CLC made it possible for her and Marchese to attend.
Marchese shared that Certo and her spent the first day getting to know other participants and exploring Times Square.
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“It was super cool to meet students our age that have similar goals and passions from across the country,”Marchese said.
Marchese claims that the second day featured a tour through Champion headquarters. Participants had the chance to meet designers. “higher-ups” at the company and look at the upcoming Spring/Summer ‘24 and Fall/Winter ‘24 collections. Marchese explained that the group went to Champion’s flagship store after the tour to personalize their sweatshirts.
Marchese & Certo attended the Son Jung Wan event at Spring StudiosBoth said that it was their favorite portion of the trip. Certo stated that Son Jung Wan is his favorite part of the trip. “super popular”Design and that program attendees received “VIP”The treatment included a backstage tour.
“To see a runway model walk in real life, to hear the music through the speakers and see how other people look at the looks and the collection, it’s nothing like what you see online,”Certo said. “It was incredible and something I never thought I’d be able to experience.”
Marchese stated that the show was a great experience. “amazing”And “surreal”It was an experience that changed lives.
“tears to her eyes.”
“To see how everything that goes into it — being able to go backstage and see everyone get ready, all of the business side of things they would talk about too — comes together for ten minutes, or however long it was, you’re in awe,”Marchese said. “It was really awesome to see everything.”
Certo stated that Certo and Certo spent the remainder of the trip networking, attending panels and Q&A sessions. They were able to ask questions and listen to discussions as well as learn from top fashion industry professionals.
“We’re both studying business, but we’re super interested in fashion and potentially want to break into the fashion industry post-grad,”Certo said. “It was great to see how the business background complements people that are fashion design majors or fashion merchandising and management.”
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